Sat August 9, 2014
Weekend News Roundup: 1 Dead, 3 Wounded In Albuquerque Shooting
Police: 1 Dead, 3 Wounded In Albuquerque Shooting – The Associated Press
Police say one woman is dead and three others wounded in a shooting outside an Albuquerque business and the suspect remains at large.
Police say the shooting occurred just after noon Friday in the Northeast Heights area of the city near an auto detailing shop.
Witnesses told The Albuquerque Journal that all of the women were in one car and another vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene.
Police have the license plate of that car and say Marcos Delgado is identified as a person of interest in the case. They say Delgado is about 46 years old and should be considered armed and dangerous.
The names of the four women shot haven't been released yet. But police tell KOB-TV that the three survivors are hospitalized in stable condition.
Democrats Seek Oversight Of State Medicaid Agency – The Associated Press
Democrats in New Mexico's congressional delegation are asking for more federal oversight of the state Human Services Department because it suspended Medicaid payments to 15 mental health providers last year.
Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan made the request to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
The state suspended payments because of fraud and overbilling allegations, and contracted with Arizona companies to take over management of most of the suspended providers.
The system changed in January as Medicaid managed care companies assumed responsibility for behavioral services and contracting with providers.
The congressional letter expressed concerns that services have been disrupted.
But Human Services spokesman Matt Kennicott said more people are receiving services since the transition to the Arizona providers.
Annual Run Commemorates Pueblo Revolt Of 1680 – The Associated Press
More than 130 people have signed up to run and walk through parts of Albuquerque's North Valley on Saturday to commemorate the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center organized the Resilience Run in part to raise money to purchase a marble statue of Pope (Po'pay), the pueblo religious leader who organized the revolt against the Spanish following years of oppression.
Historians say the revolt is significant because it helped ensure the survival of pueblo cultural traditions as well as their land holdings, language and religion.
Cultural center officials say more than half of the funds have been raised for the statue, with $25,000 remaining to achieve the goal of $70,000.
The statue by renowned Jemez Pueblo sculptor Cliff Fragua currently sits in the center's south entryway.
Asian Investors Eye Planned New Mexico Potash Mine – The Associated Press
A proposed $1.02 billion potash mine in southeastern New Mexico may get a financial boost from Asian investors.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Intercontinental Potash Corp. says private investors from China and a bank in Japan have shown an interest in the proposed Ochoa Project.
Intercontinental Potash wants to develop an underground mine in southern Lea County to extract polyhalite ore to use in the production of potash.
Company spokesman Randy Foote says he couldn't name specific investors because the company has signed non-disclosure agreements with "all the major players."
Foote said he expects the company will continue to raise money for the Ochoa Project through this year and that it may be ready to break ground for the plant next year.